6 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Luang Prabang, Laos

  • Mandala Ou Resort, Nong Khiaw Road, Nong Khiaw, Laos

6 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Luang Prabang, Laos

  • Mandala Ou Resort, Nong Khiaw Road, Nong Khiaw, Laos

Self-Awareness Yoga Retreat Laos

Join a yoga retreat in Laos that promises total immersion into yoga asana, alignment, and philosophy. At the end of the retreat program, you will leave with more confidence, greater knowledge, and an understanding of how to practice in a way that is unique to your own body and life experiences. The program will encourage you to uncover your own truth and to gain self-awareness in order to help you build a healthy connection to the world around you.


  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Special focus workshops sessions
  • Comprehensive yoga philosophy classes
  • Individual and small group meditation sessions
  • Special opening and closing ceremonies
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily organic meals
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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The retreat is held at the Mandala Ou Resort, a premier bungalow resort that is situated high on the banks of the scenic and tranquil Nam Ou river, offering spectacular sunset views over the virgin rainforest and karst limestone mountains of Nong Khiaw.

The resort offers 10 spacious clean and comfortable detached bungalows, mixing traditional Lao styles with all modern conveniences you can expect from a home away from your home. The custom-built yoga shala sits directly on the banks of the Nam Ou River, harnessing the energy of life.

You can choose from fountain bungalows and riverside bungalows. There are only two bungalows with twin beds (one fountain bungalow and one riverside bungalow). All other bungalows have double beds.

If you are traveling as a pair and would like to share a bungalow, but do not want to share a bed, fountain bungalows with double beds can also accommodate an extra twin-sized bed for an extra fee per night. Luang Prabang Yoga will try to accommodate your request for single or double occupancy, but this will depend on the availability of the room as well.

In the construction of the raised yoga shala, Mandala Ou worked closely with the teachers at Luang Prabang Yoga to create a space that will fully support your yoga practice. Mandala Ou is also the only resort in Nong Khiaw to offer pool and sauna facilities, a complement to your yoga practice.

The goal of this retreat is to give you as much information as possible, in an easy to understand format, while keeping the activities as fun as possible, and making sure you still have time to relax, nurture and explore the surrounding areas. This program is suitable for all levels. During this yoga retreat, you will gain the tools to build a solid self-practice and delve into meditation, back bending, balance, pranayama, and yoga philosophy.

Day 1

  • 13:30 Arrival and check in
  • 16:00 Introductions and overview, followed by opening ceremony and group meditation
  • 17:00 Yoga and meditation
  • 19:30 Organic buffet dinner

Day 2

  • 07:30 Pranayama and Vinyasa yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 14:00 Philosophy
  • 15:30 Special focus workshop: alignment / back bending / balances; topic to be chosen according to the group's needs and interests
  • 17:30 Meditation
  • 19:30 Organic buffet dinner

Day 3

  • 07:30 Pranayama and Vinyasa yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 14:00 Philosophy
  • 15:30 Special focus workshop: alignment / back bending / balances; topic to be chosen according to the group's needs and interests
  • 17:30 Mediation
  • 19:30 Organic buffet dinner

Day 4

  • 07:30 Pranayama and Vinyasa yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 14:00 Philosophy
  • 15:30 Yin yoga
  • 17:00 Yoga Nidra meditation
  • 18:30 Organic buffet dinner

Day 5

  • 07:30 Pranayama and Vinyasa yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 13:00 Individual / small group sessions
  • 19:00 Evening program and meditation
  • 20:00 Organic buffet dinner

Day 6

  • 06:00 Pranayama and Vinyasa yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Closing ceremony
  • 12:00 Check out and departure

Yoga program

Your yoga program will include meditation, pranayama, Vinyasa yoga, and yoga Nidra, giving you the benefit of a full sadhana or spiritual practice. The program will encourage you to uncover your own truth and to gain self-awareness. Through this sense of connectedness, you will find compassion for others, and through this compassion, you will revive the human experience.

All levels of experience are welcomed, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned practitioner. If you have any injuries or health concerns, modifications will be made for you to make your practice relevant to your body. The small group setting will ensure that individual needs are met.


The meditation technique you will use will focus primarily on breath awareness. You will practice using the breath as an anchor for your focus during your practice and during meditation. You will use simple techniques that you can take home with you and perhaps incorporate into your daily lives.


Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that means "extension of the breath" or "extension of the life force." In simple terms, pranayama is the art of breath control. Breathing is the essence of living, yet most people are not aware of how they breathe. You will cover various breathing techniques that will help you live a healthier life.

Vinyasa yoga

Vinyasa yoga or Vinyasa flow is also known as breath synchronized movement or an intelligent sequencing of postures. You will flow from one posture to the next in the most natural sequence while synchronizing breath and movement. Vinyasa yoga is dynamic, yet the sequence can be modified to suit the needs of the practitioner.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is also known as "yogic sleep." It is a guided relaxation that leaves you in a state of conscious awareness of your deep sleep. You will be guided through the different parts of your body, different sensations and visualizations to calm the brain and the nervous system.

  • Julie Moksim

    Yoga Alliance International (Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga, Nidra Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga)

    Julie is a Yoga Alliance registered teacher. She incorporates all of her past experiences into her teaching style. She teaches Hatha, Power, Vinyasa Flow, and Nidra yoga styles. Julie began her yoga practice in 2003 in USA. She studied at the Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Studios where she practiced Power Vinyasa yoga, a dynamic flow which synchronizes breathing and movement. She trained as a teacher in Bali, Indonesia at Shakti Spirit Yoga with Rachel Hull along with a strong Ayurvedic component.

This yoga retreat will take place in Nong Khiaw. Nong Khiaw is a sleepy village, nestled in the highlands of Northern Laos. Life in Nong Khiaw takes place primarily along the banks of the Nam Ou River. A main street and bridge running through the center of town, connecting the two sides. Nong Khiaw is easily accessible by road and river.

Travel by road to Nong Khiaw from Luang Prabang takes approximately three hours, although many travelers opt for the longer, six-hour boat ride, as the views along the river are spectacular. Ultimately, Nong Khiaw's draw is its impressive landscape. The Nam Ou River is flanked on both sides by rolling hills and stone massifs. The river cuts through the mountains, opening spectacular views into the distance. It's a destination not to be missed.

Nearby places

  • Luang Prabang, 150 kilometers

You will be served with daily buffet organic breakfasts and dinners.

During this retreat, you can go on day trips to Hmong villages, rock climbing or you can visit the caves and waterfalls in the area.

  • 5 nights bungalow accommodation
  • Daily organic healthy breakfast and dinner
  • Daily Yin, Vinyasa, and Nidra yoga sessions
  • Focus workshops that include alignments, back bending, and balances
  • Opening and closing ceremonies
  • Philosophy classes
  • Pranayama and individual or small group meditation classes

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Luang Prabang International Airport (LQT). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request with an extra fee of 25 USD.

Arrival by bus

Buses are available from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang, but expect a long and uncomfortable ride as roads are unsealed part of the way. If you're coming from Vientiane, overnight and day buses are also available (approximately 10 hours) and the view is spectacular.

From Luang Prabang, Nong Khiaw is easily accessible by road from Luang Prabang. Nong Khiaw is approximately 150 kilometers from Luang Prabang and minibusses run regularly between the two. Minibus tickets can be purchased from various travel agencies in Luang Prabang. Minibusses depart Luang Prabang at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The journey takes approximately three hours. Luang Prabang Yoga recommends that you arrive in Luang Prabang before the retreat date so that you can arrange your transportation with a travel agency the day before you leave for Nong Khiaw.

If you are traveling either from Northern Thailand or Northern Laos, you can travel to Nong Khiaw either by public or VIP buses. Depending on the route, you may have to stop in Pak Mong and hire a tuk-tuk to take you the rest of the way to Nong Khiaw. If you are traveling by road and river from Vietnam, regular buses run from Hanoi to Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam. From there, you can connect by bus to Mueng Khua in Laos. From Mueng Khua to Nong Khiaw it is a lovely 6-hour boat ride. When planning your trip, please be sure to arrive in time for the introductions and opening ceremony on the first day.

Private minibus transfer back to Luang Prabang will be arranged with the resort. If you are traveling on from Nong Khiaw to another destination, Luang Prabang Yoga will advise you on the best way to arrange your onward travel.

Arrival by boat

From the northern border with Thailand, several boat options are available including a slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang (two days with overnight in Pak Beng) or the speedboat (seven hours). For a more comfortable trip, opt for the Luang Say riverboat, departing from Huang Xai to Luang Prabang, which takes two days with an overnight at the Luang Say Lodge in Pak Beng. The price of the Luang Say Riverboat trip includes meals and overnight accommodation in Pak Beng.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Marjolijn Jochemsen from Utrecht (The Netherlands)
    9 out of 10

    "What a beautiful place for a yoga retreat. Julie, the teacher, is lovely. I really liked the alignment classes. It gave me a deeper understanding of some yoga postures."

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  • Review by Vida
    9 out of 10

    "I had an absolutely wonderful time in the yoga retreat. Luang Prabang yoga is doing such a rejuvenating program. The place they're chose for the retreat was perfect. Mandala Ou Resort in Nong Khiaw was just as serene as I needed it to be. Julie was very hands on in knowing each retreat students individually in terms of our personal yoga needs and injuries as well. I heard they're going to do a 100 hours teacher training. If they are, I'd love to join! I give them a 9.5 for my super gratefulness to be able to experience a yoga retreat as soul fulfilling as that."

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  • Review by Tiffany Sim from Malaysia
    9 out of 10

    "I am so glad to join my first teacher training with Daphne, she is a marvellous teacher and has deep profound knowledge about the history, philosophy, culture, spirituality of yoga and movement. I definitely would like to join her teacher training again next year!"

    Luang Prabang Yoga, edited

  • Review by Shanon Fox from Koh Samui
    9 out of 10

    "I acquired a great deal of knowledge in a great location! Daphne is extremely knowledgeable, and she is great about sharing this knowledge in a fun and easy to grasp way. It was the perfect length of time and the training was taught with a positive and dynamic energy. I would love to learn more from her in the future! And the location - Mala Dara - was gorgeous! Thanks Daphne for including me in the training! Look forward to seeing what comes up next!"

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  • Review by Tolan Shaw

    "Such an amazing time and amazingly put together retreat. Multiple songs were created and inspired by it including this one! Luang Prabang Yoga rules!"

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  • Review by Victoria C.

    "Definitely check out Utopia during your stay. Not only to just read and relax on the riverfront (the Nam Khan), but also to do their evening sunset yoga on their patio with Julie. This was excellent!"

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  • Review by Jen Horn

    "Yoga in the morning, delicious food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails, and board games in this laid back hangout spot will make you want to come back again and hang out even longer. I’d have hung out here more often if I had more money too. Definitely one of the places you’d want to visit while in Luang Prabang."

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  • Review by Bhanu Bhatnagar

    "I discovered Julie is spearheading a fledgling yoga community in Luang Prabang, teaching and organizing classes and workshops for the many travelers that come through, as well as the local expat community. It’s real. It’s raw. From an outdoor deck overlooking the Nam Khan river to a creaky room in an active Buddhist temple complex, the locations are truly inspiring. I’m used to practicing yoga at home or in a standard yoga studio. This was a treat. And a challenge too (think, mosquitos at dusk)."

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  • Review by Pascale from Europe

    "I've just finished this four-day yoga retreat and I want to be back to this happy place!"

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  • Review by Karl from United Kingdom

    "I am a beginner to yoga, and I had had only one class of Hot yoga prior to this yoga retreat. Located at the Mandala Ou guesthouse on a river nestled between two beautiful mountains, the scenery was perfect: tranquil and majestic. I wasn't too thrilled initially about waking up at 06:00, but I quickly grew to appreciate being up at the crack of dawn to witness the waking up of nature around me while the sun rose. Julie and Kathrin, our yoga instructors, were well-suited to their job: they recognized that they had a group which varied in age and yoga experience and organized the classes such that each individual was able to learn something not an easy feat. If you are considering participating in a yoga retreat, I would highly recommend this one."

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  • Review by Kelly Lindley from United Kingdom

    "I had a wonderful experience, enjoyed the holistic approach to the retreat, and learned more about yoga from Kathryn and Julie than I have from any other instructor I've had before. Also the Mandala Ou is an amazing hotel and the dinner buffets prepared by the owner Nic were absolutely delicious."

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  • Review by a traveler from South Korea

    "This was my first time doing yoga and I had no idea what to expect, but this went way above anything I anticipated. The accommodation and the yoga shala is set among beautiful scenery. Rooms are spectacular and the staff wonderful.The two yoga instructors are so amazing. Very inspiring and encouraging. I enjoyed every part of this retreat. They had a great variety from practical yoga to meditation. They also cater to all levels and you also have a chance to have a one on one chat with them too. I highly recommend this to anyone visiting Luang Prabang or Nong Khiaw."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Mon arrivée sur les lieux de la retraite de yoga fut à couper le souffle. Le paysage, les installations du Resort Madala Ou, mon bungalow tout était encore plus beau que sur le site internet ! Surdose de bonheur 4 jours ici à relaxer, à faire du yoga, à méditer, à respirer calmement. Wow!"

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Luang Prabang, Laos

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